With E3 kicking off in Los Angeles this week, gamers are abuzz with talk of the newest revolutions in the most entertaining medium out there. And while the big name companies have a strangle hold on the industry, there is always room for video game startups to make a mark on the business. After all, virtual reality has changed the game and it's anyone's guess who will blow up next.
From unique and affordable consoles that rival the big three to virtual reality setups that put you in full control, there is no shortage of innovation on this list of video game startups. Not only are they trying to bring new technologies into your living room, they are also developing new tech to change the way we live our lives.
If you want to see what products and softwares you will be playing in the future, check out the list of startups below.
- OUYA (Los Angeles, CA) – a company providing a new kind of game console for the television that brings together an open development experience. Any creator can publish a game to the living room with an accessible and affordable console at $99. Oh yeah, and all games are free to try.
- Leap Motion (San Francisco, CA) – a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for virtual reality and additional platforms.
- Vulcun (San Francisco, CA) – a company that is the number one place to be for all your eSports needs, from gold betting to fantasy sports.
- Pixowl (San Francisco, CA) – a startup working to build a big entertainment family brand on mobile devices. Sebastien Borget, co-founder and COO, pictured above.
- Brass Monkey (Jamaica Plain, MA) – a company that develops a tech that transforms smart devices into an intuitive controller for web based single or multi-player games.
- Twitch (San Francisco, CA) – a video platform and community for gamers where more than 100 million gather every month to broadcast, watch and talk about video games.
- Virtuix (Austin, TX) – the company that produces the Virtuix Omni, a virtual reality platform that enable users to walk, run, and jump in 360 degrees in VR.
- Skillz (San Francisco, CA) – a worldwide leader in mobile eSports, hosting over 70 million mobile eSports tournaments for players in over 180 countries.
- Xfire (Santa Monica, CA) – a startup that provides social gaming and networking services, shares in-game screen shots and videos, and live-streams gameplay.
- Artillery (Palo Alto, CA) – an independent game studio currently working on the upcoming free-to-play RTS game codenamed Atlas.